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HIBISCUS 'Fantasia'

Image of Hibiscus 'Fantasia' PP11853

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Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

HIBISCUS 'Fantasia' PP11853

Plant Common Name

Fantasia Hibiscus, Hybrid Hardy Hibiscus

General Description

The compact and hardy 'Fantasia' is a vigorous hibiscus that produces lots of ruffled, lavender flowers in the heat of summer. This semi-woody perennial was introduced by Fleming's Flower Fields, Inc. in Lincoln, Nebraska and blooms over a long period from midsummer to frost. Even longer if planted in a subtropical area.

Green, three-lobed, maple-like leaves cover this upright, bushy plant. Its exceptional flowers are medium-sized and have five ruffled petals of rich lavender with reddish pink bases and hints of gray and pink. Individual flowers last one to two days, though several dozen can be on one plant at a time. They are followed by large, dry, chambered capsules filled with dark brown seeds, though they don’t tend to germinate. Deadheading is not necessary

Plant this exceptionally cold hardy hibiscus in full sun and any fertile to average garden soil with average drainage and good moisture. Avoid highly alkaline and dry soils for best plant performance. After the first killing frost of fall, cut back its dead branches. The new stems are slow to emerge in spring, as they require warm soil and hot weather. In regions with milder winters this hibiscus may not die back completely to the ground. In this case, prune or repetitively pinch plants back to encourage new growth and more flowers. Japanese beetles love to eat hibiscus leaves, but ‘Fantasia’ is said to be resistant to these summer pests.

This outstanding perennial adds nearly effortless tropical beauty to any sunny spot. It is excellent for large flower gardens and is amenable to container culture.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, South-Central United States, Hawaii, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Lavender, Gray, Silver

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No